|Council District 2 community members are convening a Town Hall meeting
this Saturday morning at 10 am in order to lay down a community based
platform that will drive the issues that frame the upcoming election
for the open CD2 City Council seat.
Community leaders from throughout CD2 will be presenting topics for
consideration and stakeholders will have the opportunity to weigh in on
the different "planks" and to shape the final platform that represents
the issues and concerns of the campaign.
The CD2 Town Hall meeting will take place at the North Hollywood
Masonic Center, 5122 Tujunga Avenue, NoHo, CA 91601. The location is
south of Magnolia Blvd. and is just a short walk from the NoHo Red Line
Station and is also accessible via Metro bus line 183. For more info
about public transportation directions go to http://metro.net . For those who arrive by car, parking is on the north side of the building. (Make friends with your neighbor and carpool)
Neighborhood Councils within the CD2 boundaries include Sherman Oaks,
Van Nuys, Valley Glen, Studio City, Valley Village, Mid-Town NoHo, NoHo
NorthEast, Sun Valley Area, Foothill Trails, and Sunland-Tujunga. The
Town Hall meeting is open to the public and all stakeholders are
invited to participate in the development of the CD2 Community
CD2's City Council seat was vacated by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel who
was recently elected LA's City Controller. More than a dozen candidates
have filed with the City Clerk for the open seat and the campaign is
already heading up with rhetoric that drifts from personalities to
motives but rarely settles on the issues, concerns, and passions of the
many neighborhoods that make up CD2.
To that end, the CD2 Town Hall is designed to put the needs and desires
of the community first, to frame the campaign with a real focus on the
issues that matter, and to position the candidates so that the debates
and forums start with a real foundation of vision and commitment to
improving the quality of life in CD2.
Greg Nelson, retired General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood
Empowerment, will open the Town Hall and frame the process, challenging
the community to lay down a vision for their neighborhoods that will
live on after the election.
Park[ing] Day LA
takes the issues to the street!
|On September 18 artists, activists and community advocates take to the
streets, drop a quarter into the meter, and proceed to convert parking
spaces into public parks, all in an effort to stir a dialogue on public
Plans are already underway and Park[ing] Day LA offers the CD2
communities a unique opportunity to frame the campaign discussions and
debates while offering the candidates the opportunity to visit each
Neighborhood Council and to "stump" in a park that reflects a unique
commentary on public space within that community.
By way of example, Sunland-Tujunga is embroiled in a debate over the
future of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. A proposal by a developer who wants to build 229 homes has the neighbors up
in arms with concerns of an increase in traffic, a loss of open space,
strain on the limited infrastructure and a host of other concerns. (www.SaveTheGolfcourse.org)
On Park[ing] Day LA, community members have proposed to take a parking
space on Commerce Ave. and to build a putting green, all in an effort
to stir a discussion of Verdugo Hills and the potential loss of the
golf course. CD2 Candidates would be invited to stop by during the day
for a round of golf and to visit with the hosts and the passersby, all
of whom would be engaging in a robust discussion of the public space
issues that are unique to that neighborhood.
Imagine if all ten CD2 Neighborhood Councils were to celebrate
Park[ing] Day LA with parks that offer the CD2 Candidates the opportunity
to "stump" the neighborhoods in the public space and to circulate
throughout the community, engaging stakeholders on the street and in
the new public space.
For more information on Park[ing] Day LA, visit www.ParkingDayLA.com, join the facebook page and email Stephen@ThirdEyeCreative.net if you'd like the Park Czar to give a presentation to your Neighborhood Council.
North East Central Alliance (NECA) moves forward
On Wednesday, July 29th, NECA moves forward on its organizational
journey, convening a meeting at 7pm at the Laguna Senior Apartments at
4201 W. Sunset Blvd. and inviting the community to join them in
creating a cohesive voice for the community.
Neuman, chair of the Silver Lake NC, reports "In some ways we're taking
baby steps and in other ways, we're leaping. But most of all, we're
moving forward and working on becoming both flexible and effective in
representing the community in a cohesive manner."
agenda for the upcoming meeting includes the development of the guiding
principles for NECA and the organizational issues that come with the
creation of a representative body. To that end, participating
neighborhood councils are invited to send representatives so that
officers can be elected and so that guidelines for process can be
Also on the agenda is a
presentation on Social Media and the opportunity to create a
communications strategy for neighborhood councils that employs tools
such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with an audience and to create
NECA meets on the last Wednesday
of the month and a decision on whether to meet at a consistent site or
to rotate among the member communities is yet to be made.